National Restaurant Association, Technomic and DigitalCoCo Present the 2nd Annual Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference on

  National Restaurant Association, Technomic and DigitalCoCo Present the 2nd
      Annual Fast Casual Trends & Directions Conference on May 17 and 18

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, April 24, 2013

CHICAGO, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The National Restaurant Association
(NRA), in partnership with Technomic and DigitalCoCo, is pleased to present
the 2^nd annual National Restaurant Association Fast Casual Trends &
Directions conference, an industry event focused on the fast casual segment.
The event will be held May 17^th & 18^th, 2013, in Chicago.

The conference is designed to deliver a comprehensive look at where the fast
casual segment is and where it is headed. The event will bring together key
players in the fast casual community, including leaders from the National
Restaurant Association's Fast Casual Industry Council. Lettuce Entertain You
Enterprises Founder and Chairman Richard Melman, Le Duff America President and
CEO Jim Vinz, Boloco Founder and CEO John Pepper, and Cosi Inc. President and
CEO Carin Stutz are among the many restaurant operators slated to share their
experience and insight.

"As the fast casual restaurant industry segment continues to evolve, we will
explore the challenges and opportunities unique to this segment at our
conference," said James Balda, senior vice president of innovation and
business development for the National Restaurant Association. "By approaching
key issues and trends through operator insights and research, we will
thoroughly examine both current conditions and future trends."

"This is a must for all fast casual executives. Attendees will gain a reliable
and detailed vision of this fast-growing segment, where it's headed and how to
capitalize on opportunities," said Darren Tristano, executive vice president
of Technomic.

Drawing on the wealth of expertise in trend-watching, foodservice knowledge,
data collection and customer insight, the teams at the NRA, Technomic and
DigitalCoCo have developed a compelling program. This event will provide
insights for fast casual executives, as well as casual dining and quickservice
restaurant executives who can learn from the success of what is one of the
fastest growing segments in the industry. Attendance is limited to restaurant
operators and sponsoring organizations.

"Fast casual faces serious challenges for the first time as casual dining
chains and local chefs begin to creep into the fast casual model," said Paul
Barron, founder of DigitalCoCo. "We will reveal not only new insights from
more than 18 million fast casual consumers but also new operational and
culinary innovations that will guide the future of this powerful segment."

Online registration is available. For more information, contact Sam Stanovich

About Technomic
Technomic provides clients with the facts, insights and consulting support
they need to enhance their business strategies, decisions and results. Its
services include numerous publications and digital products, as well as
proprietary studies and ongoing research on all aspects of the food industry.

About DigitalCoCo
DigitalCoCo is the brainchild of web entrepreneur, publisher and producer Paul
Barron. Paul has been instrumental in developing publishing platforms,
creative content, tech solutions and web audience over the past 18 years. As
the founder of and, he has been a retail and
restaurant industry catalyst and sought after speaker and consultant to many
of the top brands in the business. DigitalCoCo is leading the social business
movement in the restaurant business with the creation of the restaurant
industry's first consumer and social brand index. The Restaurant Social Media
Index (RSMI) is expected to reach 5000 restaurant brands, 42
million consumers and more than 250,000 locations in 2013.

About the National Restaurant Association
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business
association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 980,000 restaurant
and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees. We
represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We
operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 18-21, 2013, in
Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe);
unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart, including
the National ProStart Invitational April 19-21, 2013, in Baltimore, Md.); as
well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For
more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants,
Facebook and YouTube.


SOURCE Technomic, Inc.

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